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What Blago, Casey Anthony Have in Common

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What Blago, Casey Anthony Have in Common

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Note to self: Don't lie to the cops.

Rod Blagojevich and Casey Anthony, at the center of summer's two (arguably) biggest trials, missed that memo have now both been convicted of making false statements to authorities.

The former governor, charged with corruption, went into his retrial in April with one count of lying already under his belt, as Atty. Reid Schar quickly pointed out during cross-examination.

"You are a convicted liar, right?" Schar asked Blagojevich in his first question.

"Yes," Blagojevich answered.

On Tuesday, Anthony, charged with the murder of her daughter, was similarly found guilty of providing false information to investigators looking into the 2008 disappearance of the 2-year-old girl.

Unlike Blagojevich, who was found guilty last week of 17 of 20 corruption counts, including trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, Anthony won't face the prospect of a retrial because she earned not-guilty verdicts on the most serious portions of her case. Blagojevich earned a hung jury the first time around, and hit with most of the kit-and-kaboodle on round two. 

Blagojevich plans to appeal the latest decision.

Anthony likely will take what she got.

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